Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/21/12
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After watching him hit just .203 over the course of 78 games with two different clubs in the 2011 season, it was painfully obvious that it was time for former All-star Mike Cameron to hang ‘em up. Over the weekend, he did just that. He had signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training for the Washington Nationals back in December, but Cameron ended what would have been his 18th major league season before it ever started when he announced his retirement on Sunday. Cameron joined the Mariners as a part of a package deal that sent Ken Griffey Jr. to Cincinnati. With incredibly huge shoes to fill in Seattle’s center field, Cameron surpassed all expectations en route to creating his own legacy in the M’s outfield. The three-time gold glove award winner was a big time member of the greatest professional baseball team the northwest has ever seen. As the starting center fielder for the 2001 Seattle Mariners, Cameron hit .267 with a then-career high 25 homeruns. He ...
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